Trump makes direct appeal to African-American voters

Washington: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has made a direct appeal to African-American voters, saying "What do you have to lose?" Speaking on Friday night in Dimondale, Michigan -- a predominantly white suburb -- Trump lamented the collapse of American manufacturing and criticised free trade deals as he laced into rival Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party, saying they were taking black voters for granted, CNN reported. "You're living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 per cent of your youth is unemployed -- what the hell do you have to lose?" Trump asked the audience in an unscripted moment from a speech in which he otherwise stuck to his teleprompter. He promised to "produce" for African-Americans where Democrats had failed. "If you keep voting for the same people, you will keep getting exactly the same result," BBC quoted Trump as saying. Trump also predicted he would receive 95% of the African-American vote if he went to on to run for a second term in 2020.

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